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Master of Arts in Theology

The Academic Program of M.A.T.

This degree program requires 11 required courses (33 units), 4 elective courses (12 units) and the Exit Option Integrative Seminar (3 units). Students choosing the Directed Reading (3 units) or the Master’s Thesis (3 units) Exit Option instead of the Integrative Seminar will register in additional 3 units for the Exit Option Design and Proposal course, which will be applied toward the 12 unit elective requirement.

The program will consist of 48 total units.

MAT Core Courses (33 units)

OTG 518 - Old Testament Theology and Exegesis (3 units)

A study of core biblical theological topics and texts in the Old Testament. An overview of contemporary exegetical methods will inform the analysis of specific texts germane to the biblical theological topic under discussion. (Prerequisite: Old Testament Survey or equivalent.)

OTG 690 - Seminar in Old Testament (3 units)

This course will engage the students in research with the professor on a textual corpus or topic of the Old Testament selected by the professor based on their expertise and /or current research interests. Seminar topics may include Exodus, Isaiah, and Psalms. (Prerequisite OTG 518 Old Testament Theology and Exegesis.)

NTG 508 - New Testament Theology and Exegesis (3 units)

This course surveys the basic issues in the historical and the theological interpretations of the New Testament and the academic disciplines that have been developed to address them. As such, it constitutes a basic introduction to exegetical and theological methods. The final project will be an exegetical and a theological essay based on an understanding of a passage of New Testament Scripture.

NTG 542 - Christology in the New Testament (3 units)

A critical examination of the various interpretations of Jesus Christ’s nature and the nature of his work as they are found within the New Testament. The Jewishness of Jesus and interpreting the New Testament witness on him as the Christ against that of the Law and the Temple during his times are taken into the context of exploring biblical Christology.

THOG 510 - Systematic Theology: Christology, Anthropology, Soteriology (3 units)

This course explores the subject of Christ, his person and work, and the topics of humanity and salvation using both a historical and constructive approach.

THOG 520 - Systematic Theology: Pneumatology, Ecclesiology, Eschatology (3 units)

This course explores the subject of the Holy Spirit, including personage and deity, and the topics of the church, nature and purpose, and eschatology, including the nature of hope and the kingdom of God using both a historical and constructive approach.

THOG 530 - Systematic Theology: Theological Method, Revelation, Theology Proper (3 units)

This course explores the sources and method of theology, the topic of revelation, and the subject of God, including the Trinity and divine attributes using both a historical and constructive approach.

THOG 645 - Theology and Ministry in a Postmodern Context (3 units)

The cultural-linguistic turn, otherwise known as postmodernism, changes everything. This course aims to enable students to recognize the effect of post modernity on the twin tasks of doing theology and engaging in ministry. The goal will be to explore what it means to effectively contextualize the timeless messageof God’s work without accommodating it to the prevailing zeitgeist. Toward thisend, students will evaluate various evangelical responses to postmodernism, explore what it means to do ministry in a missional rather than institutional manner, and examine the various ways in which evangelical churches have endeavored to reinvent themselves so as to minister effectively (make disciples, image the kingdom of God) in a postmodern, post-Christian context.

CLSG 715 - Church and Contemporary Moral Issues (3 units)

This course aims to develop a constructive Christian ethic as a basis from which to address the moral problems confronting leaders in the contemporary church. The course explores the relationship between theological reflection and ethical thinking and examines how cultural perspective and context impact ethical decision- making.

CLSG 720 - Theology and Theory of Leadership (3 units)

An examination of leadership, including theological and theoretical frameworks, that will enable students to assess their own mental models and inform their leadership practices in organizational settings.

CLSG 741 - Biblical Exegesis and Expository Preaching (3 units)

MAT Elective Courses (12 units)

Selected from the following:

Old Testament Electives

OTG 503 - Beginning Hebrew I (4 units)

An introduction to Hebrew grammar, vocabulary and syntax for the graduate student. Offered alternate years.

OTG 504 - Beginning Hebrew II (4 units)

A continuation of Beginning Hebrew I. Offered alternate years.

OTG 631 - Intermediate Hebrew I (3 units)

Further study of grammar and syntax including extensive exegesis of the narrative portions of the Old Testament. Offered alternate years.

OTG 632 - Intermediate Hebrew II (3 units)

A continuation of Intermediate Hebrew I. Offered alternate years.

OTG 670 - Special Topics (1-3 units)

Study in a special topic in Old Testament.

OTG 680 - Individual Study in Old Testament (3 units)

A study of a subject not addressed by a regular course that is initiated by the student through a written prospectus of the proposed study and the securing of an appropriate sponsoring faculty member to supervise and evaluate the study. Up to a maximum of four units may be applied toward the degree requirements.

New Testament Electives

NTG 503 - Beginning Greek I (4 units)

An introduction to Greek grammar, vocabulary and syntax for the graduate student. Offered alternate years.

NTG 504 - Beginning Greek II (4 units)

A continuation of Beginning Greek I. Offered alternate years.

NTG 631 - Intermediate Greek I (3 units)

Further study of grammar and syntax, including extensive exegesis of selected Johannine and Pauline texts. Offered alternate years.

NTG 632 - Intermediate Greek II (3 units)

A continuation of Intermediate Greek I. Offered alternate years.

NTG 670 - Special Topics (1-3 units)

Study in a special topic in New Testament.

NTG 680 - Individual Study in New Testament (3 units)

An individualized study initiated by the student who must develop a written prospectus of the proposed study and secure an appropriate sponsoring faculty member to supervise and evaluate the study. A maximum of four units may be applied toward the degree requirements.

Theology and Ethics Electives

THOG 670 - Special Topics (1-3 units)

Study in a special topic in theology and ethics.

THOG 680 - Individual Study in Theology and Ethics (3 units)

An individualized study initiated by the student who must develop a written prospectus of the proposed study and secure an appropriate sponsoring faculty member to supervise and evaluate the study. Up to a maximum of three units may be applied toward the degree requirements.

Leadership Electives

CLSG 601 - History of Spirituality (3 units)

An exploration of Spirituality throughout church history that includes examples from Orthodox, Roman Catholic, Protestant (including Pentecostal) traditions.

CLSG 606 - Spiritual Formation (3 units)

An examination of the theological foundation for spiritual formation and an exploration of the spiritual practices as a means of grace for personal growth, communal spirituality, and faithful service.

CLSG 607 - Spiritual Direction (3 units)

The course introduces and develops foundational understandings and resources necessary to explore the practice of spiritual direction, and seeks to assist persons in discerning the ways that God is present and at work in their lives.

CLSG 624 - Change and Strategic Planning (3 units)

An examination of change within congregations and religious organizations with a view toward understanding systematically the relationship between the organization and its environment. Alternate strategic planning, problem solving and program evaluation models will be explored in light of intentional mission and ministry.

CLSG 632 - Team Development and Conflict Management (3 units)

An exploration of team development and conflict management in relation to leadership effectiveness with an emphasis on team dynamics, the nature of conflict, and strategies of assessment and intervention.

CLSG 646 - Leadership and Character Development (3 units)

This course examines how character development and spirituality can enable leaders to become more authentic in their working relationships and more effective as transformational leaders through their organizations.

CLSG 710 - Mission and Culture in Theological Perspective (3 units)

This interdisciplinary study, integrating theology and praxis, seeks to develop a theology of mission based on the premise that the unifying theme of Scripture is embodied in the concept of the Kingdom of God introduced in the Old Testament, fulfilled in the ministry of Jesus Christ in the New Testament, and demonstrated to the world through the life and actions of a believing community empowered by the Holy Spirit.

CLSG 670 - Special Topics (1-3 units)

Study in a special topic in leadership studies.

CLSG 680 - Individual Studies (3 units)

An individualized study initiated by the student who must develop a written prospectus of the proposed study and secure an appropriate sponsoring faculty member to supervise and evaluate the study. Up to a maximum of three units may be applied toward the degree requirements.

CLSG 690 - Seminar in Leadership Studies (3 units)

Mutual investigation of one topic in cross-cultural ministry of particular relevance to graduate students in leadership studies.

Field Education Electives

FERG 510 - Field Education in Student Ministries (1-12 units)

The course offers a supervised learning experience in a field based ministry setting. Students will be involved in a mentoring relationship with a leader engaged in student ministry as well as a faculty supervisor. Ministry development will be learned through constructing a theology of student ministries, combined with application of that theology through involvement in planning, administering and operating a student ministries program, regular mentoring sessions (both individual and group), reading an approved bibliography, writing reflective essays, and assessment of learning documented in a portfolio. A minimum of 125 hours of ‘time on task’ per 3 unit course is required. The course may be repeated for credit for a maximum of 12 units.

FERG 515 - Field Education in Church Administration (1-12 units)

The course offers a supervised learning experience in a field based ministry setting. Students will be involved in a mentoring relationship with a leader engaged in Church Administration Ministries as well as a faculty supervisor. Ministry development will be learned through constructing a theology of church administration, combined with application of that theology through involvement in planning, administering and operating a church administration program, regular mentoring sessions (both individual and group), reading an approved bibliography, writing reflective essays, and assessment of learning documented in a portfolio. Aminimum of 125 hours of ‘time on task’ per 3 unit course is required. The course may be repeated for credit for a maximum of 12 units.

FERG 520 - Field Education in Worship Leadership (1-12 units)

The course offers a supervised learning experience in a field based ministry setting. Students will be involved in a mentoring relationship with a leader engaged in Worship Leadership Ministries as well as a faculty supervisor. Ministry development will be learned through constructing a theology of church administration, combined with application of that theology through involvement in planning, administering and operating a Worship Leadership program, regular mentoring sessions (both individual and group), reading an approved bibliography, writing reflective essays, and assessment of learning documented in a portfolio. A minimum of 125 hours of ‘time on task’ per 3 unit course is required. The coursemay be repeated for credit for a maximum of 12 units.

FERG 525 - Field Education in Family Life and Small Group Ministries (1-12 units)

The course offers a supervised learning experience in a field based ministry setting. Students will be involved in a mentoring relationship with a leader engaged in Family Life and Small Group Ministries as well as a faculty supervisor. Ministry development will be learned through constructing a theology of Family Life and Small Group Ministries, combined with application of that theology through involvement in planning, administering and operating a Family Life and Small Group Ministries program, regular mentoring sessions (both individual and group), reading an approved bibliography, writing reflective essays, and assessment of learning documented in a portfolio. A minimum of 125 hours of ‘time on task’ per 3 unit course is required. The course may be repeated for credit for a maximum of 12 units.

FERG 530 - Field Education in Pastoral Leadership Ministries (1-12 units)

The course offers a supervised learning experience in a field based ministry setting. Students will be involved in a mentoring relationship with a leader engaged Pastoral Leadership Ministries as well as a faculty supervisor. Ministry development will be learned through constructing a theology of Pastoral Leadership, combined with application of that theology through involvement in planning, administering and operating a Pastoral Leadership program, regular mentoring sessions (both individual and group), reading an approved bibliography, writing reflective essays, and assessment of learning documented in a portfolio. A minimum of 125 hours of ‘time on task’ per 3 unit course is required. The course may be repeated for credit for a maximum of 12 units.

Exit Options (3-6 units)

RELG 693 - Integrative Seminar (3 units) OR

The Integrative Seminar is a classroom experience designed to help students reflect theologically on ministry experience by integrating what they have learned in graduate coursework with the practice of ministry.

RELG 791 - Exit Option Design and Proposal (3 units) AND

The development of an appropriate thesis and directed reading topics in the field of theology, and the description of these topics in a formal proposal format. Students will meet with selected faculty and other students enrolled in each semester to research proposals until approved by faculty. After approval of the research proposal, students will continue to meet in this seminar to report progress on their research exit options. May be used as elective credit.

RELG 795 - Directed Reading (3 units) OR

The development of a problem statement necessary to conduct a literature search in a given area. Written critiques, a summary reflection paper and meetings between the student and directed reading mentor monitor the student's progress and mastery of research topic.

RELG 791 - Exit Option Design and Proposal (3 units) AND

The development of an appropriate thesis and directed reading topics in the field of theology, and the description of these topics in a formal proposal format. Students will meet with selected faculty and other students enrolled in each semester to research proposals until approved by faculty. After approval of the research proposal, students will continue to meet in this seminar to report progress on their research exit options. May be used as elective credit.

RELG 798 - Master's Thesis (3 units)

The study of a well-defined problem that both emerges from and carries forward some existing body of knowledge or theory. Students who choose this research option work with the guidance of a faculty committee.

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Quick Facts

TOTAL UNITS
48

COST PER UNIT
$515*

LENGTH OF PROGRAM
2-3 years

START TERMS
Fall, Spring & Summer


*Tuition is based on the 2018/2019 academic year and is subject to change.